AT&T (formerly known as SBC and Cingular and Larry) today announced a deal with digital music provider Napster (formerly known as Roxio, not the original Napster started by nappy-headed Shawn Fanning) to enable cellphone customers to download more than 5 million songs over the air, beginning in November.
AT&T Wireless customers will be able to preview songs and purchase and download the music they like with their cellphones. People can get five songs each month with the Napster Mobile Five Track Pack for a "discounted" price of $7.49, or buy single songs for $1.99 each.
That's more than twice what it costs to download a song from iTunes or Wal-Mart; and Napster's PC-based download program costs $9.95 per month for unlimited music. Earlier this year Sprint cut the price for its cellphone downloads from $2.49 to 99 cents because hardly anyone was buying.
Apple appears to be in no hurry to offer iTunes music downloads direct to its iPhones, perhaps because of the slow speed of AT&T's "EDGE" wireless data network.